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Wycoller Hall ruins
Wycoller is located in Lancashire
 Wycoller shown within Lancashire
OS grid reference SD935395
Civil parish Trawden Forest
District Pendle
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town COLNE
Postcode district BB8
Dialling code 01282
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Pendle
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Coordinates: 53°50′56″N 2°06′14″W / 53.849°N 2.104°W / 53.849; -2.104

Wycoller is a village in the civil parish of Trawden Forest in Pendle, Lancashire, England. It is located 3 miles east of Colne, near to the junction of the Lancashire, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire borders.

The village dates back to before the 10th century BC. Central to the village are the ruins of Wycoller Hall. The village is a conservation area, and is closed to outside traffic. There is a car park on Trawden Road and another on the east side of the village opposite Height Laithe Farm on the road towards Haworth.


Clapper and Pack-horse bridges
Clam bridge

Various ancient bridges cross Wycoller Beck, including 'Pack-Horse Bridge', a twin arched bridge in the centre of the village, 'Clapper Bridge' and 'Clam Bridge'. The last is believed to be of neolithic origin (at least, over 1,000 years old) and is listed as an ancient monument. It consists of just a long stone laid across the river. It was damaged by floods in 1989–90, though has now been repaired.

Wycoller Hall[edit]

Interior of craft museum at Wycoller

Wycoller Hall was originally the home of the Hartley family, and passed through marriage to the Cunliffe family in the early 17th century. The hall was built in 1550 by Piers Hartley, and was extended in the late 18th century by its last owner, Squire Cunliffe. The structure was dismantled in 1818, and reused in the construction of a cotton mill, to help repay debts owed by Henry Owen-Cunliffe, the last of the original Cunliffe line to live at the hall.[1] The hall subsequently fell into ruin and is reputed to be haunted by a variety of spectres.[2]

'Ferndean Manor' in Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre is thought to be based on Wycoller Hall.[3] The Brontë Way passes through here, leading to the Brontë sisters' home in nearby Haworth.

Other interesting facts[edit]

Wycoller was featured in the BBC's Countryfile programme when they visited the barn in the village that has been converted to a tourist information centre.[citation needed] Wycoller also appears in "The Railway Children" a 1970 British drama film based on the novel of the same name by E. Nesbit.

Notable people from the village include Tom Emmott, who founded the Lancastrian Party while living in Wycoller Cottage.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 31, 2004. Retrieved September 3, 2004. 
  2. ^ "Wycoller Hall 02-11-2003". Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre". Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2008-03-27. [dead link]
  4. ^ Peggy Hewitt, Bronte Country: Lives & Landscapes

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